Seed Library

A partnership between LifeCycles and the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Victoria Seed Library is a way for hobby and beginner gardeners to share seeds and steward a regionally adapted seed collection. We also consult and advise on the development of Community Seed Sharing programs with friends across the continent.

Community Seed Saving

Seed Library Members “sign out” and grow seed from our amazing collection of locally grown seeds. When their plants mature, members save seed and return a portion back to the Seed Library. Becoming a Seed Library Member is free, and you don’t need to be a member of the public library to participate. All you need to do is attend one of our workshops, events, or member orientation sessions.



July 29 – Advanced Seed Saving at G.V. Compost Education Centre

August 27 – Hands on Seed Saving at Northbrook Farm

September 16 – Propagating Native Plants, Medicinal and Culinary Herbs at Fireweed Farm and School



Member Orientation (10:00-11:30) & Seed Swap (10-1pm)
Saturday September 9th –  10am – 1pm
Location: GVPL Juan de Fuca

Bring Back Your Seeds: Seed Cleaning and Feedback
September 21st, from 7-8:30pm
Location: GVPL Central Branch

Germination Tests and Seed Storage Tricks
October 12th from 6:30-8:30pm
Location: GVPL Central Branch

Seed Swaps (10-1) and Member Orientations (10-11:30) at Central Branch
​Saturday September 23th – Seed Swap & Member Orientation
​Saturday October 7th – 
Seed Swap Only
Saturday October 21st – Seed Swap & Member Orientation
Saturday November 4th – Seed Swap
Saturday November 18th – Seed Swap

As a Member you will get access to:
  • Our seed collection of over 100 varieties of open-pollinated, locally grown seed, as well as seed saving resources and education
  • Seed saving workshops, events and field days
  • Our quarterly newsletter that includes profiles of local seed growers, seed saving tips, upcoming events and articles about seed sovereignty and seed saving
  • A growing and dynamic community of seed-loving folks

Get Involved

Become a Member & Save Seeds by attending one of our programs listed in the menus linked at the left. Also check out the GVPL's sister page for the seed library by clicking the Upcoming Programs button below. Check us out on Facebook @VictoriaSeedLibrary

Do you want to start a Seed Library in your community? We support the creation of new Seed Libraries in BC. For more information on seed saving and starting you own Seed Library follow the link below.